Imagine a place where you can come face to face with some of the world’s most incredible predators.
Lion Gorge - an exciting new exhibit at Melbourne Zoo - will give visitors the opportunity to get closer than ever before to two of the world's greatest predators - the African Lion and the African Wild Dog.
It will also provide a new home for the critically endangered Philippine Crocodile, the focus of one of Zoos Victoria's key international conservation partnerships. Visitors can learn more about this species and the threats they face in the wild in their custom-designed new exhibit.
Opening in late 2014, Lion Gorge is Stage One of the new precinct development and will provide a new home for our Lions and Wild Dogs, as well as creating an exciting landscape for play and discovery - you never know what might be around the next corner!
At Melbourne Zoo, we have the power to facilitate breathtaking connections between our visitors and these amazing animals. These connections are the first step to engaging people in saving species. Lion Gorge will not only be a new world-class home to these magnificent animals, it will also take our visitors on the journey of their survival in the wild.
The precinct will have a strong focus on families with young children, providing an emotional experience for the whole family that will delight even the youngest thrill-seeker.
It will have a strong focus on student-led learning with a large learning centre, Digest-ED, at the heart of this magnificent precinct. Zoos Victoria has been fortunate enough to secure the support through The Yulgilbar Foundation which provided $400,000 in matched funding towards the $800,000 learning centre development.
Stage Two of the new precinct will house our Snow Leopards, Syrian Brown Bear and other predators. This stage is contingent upon significant financial support and will commence upon securing funds.